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Flying Pig Downtown

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Nieuwendijk 100, 1012 MR Amsterdam
Tram 1, 2, 5, 13, 17 (stop: Nieuwezijds Kolk) Metro Centraal Station
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(020) 420 6822
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Dorm bed €20–35
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Nadia
I miss it
7 December 2005
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I miss the heavy smell of cannabis that fills every ounce of the Flying Pig. I miss the little nooks and crannies, the stuffy basement filled to the brim with friendly stoners. I even miss the cranky staff. My biggest complaint was that the windows in the dorms don't open up much. We got ours up about an inch in the middle of a nasty heat wave. We had to wake up as soon as the sun was up for fear of suffocating. It was HOT. Also, the bar tends to be filled with obnoxious American frat boys and the deck up front by the windows has fleas. Stick to the basement.

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Anonymous
Unexpected but I liked it
31 August 2005
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Well this was definitly not my first choice for a hostel in Amsterdam, but the place I wanted did not allow only 2 nights stay on the weekend. So I went for the Downtown. I was not in Amsterdam for the drugs and quite stongly considered cancelling and going somewhere else before I arrived. I was pleasently surprised with what I found. The staff was friendly, the security was very good, and the rooms were extremly quiet. It was one of the few times on my trip where I was not woken by any street noise. The breakfast was good too, not just your typical bread and cereal. It's got a great location and is so close to everything. The smoke in the lobby is quite strong, but you don't have to stay long. It's definitly not just a party hostel, and I would return again.

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Clair
Only Suitable for Boneheads
30 June 2005
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This place totally has the burnout vibe going on. From the moment we met the rude staff and nearly suffocated from the stench of cheapass pot, we knew we were in for a treat. No ladders on the bunk beds make for an interesting climb when you go to bed stoned. The showers flood the bathroom and the water constantly switches from scalding to freezing. Windows don't open all the way, making the dorms stifling hot and stuffy. There are no sinks in the bathrooms downstairs, and the place has a greasy, dirty vibe to it. They claim to have an age limit but I saw loads of creeps in their 40s who made a lot of the females uncomfortable. Security is good in the way of lockers, but I didn't always feel safe. It's in a really bad part of town. Good for maybe one night, any more will make you insane. I won't be returning.

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Tanya
The place to stay!
10 June 2005
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Four of us stayed here over the Queens Day Weekend (end of May 2005) and I must say it was a great place to stay at for location (walking distance to the heart of everything), atmosphere (chill out lounge, Dj, bar downstairs) and overal vibe. The people there were relaxed and easy going. Apparently theres breakfast but none of us ever got up in time to take advantage of it! Highly recommend this place for anyone hoping to have a good, sociable time away.

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bgrunberg@hotmail.com
The name says it all
6 May 2005
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After smoking up some weed for awhile in the laid back lounge, that is exactly what you'll see.....Flying Pigs. Only a hip-hop-and-a-jump from the Central Train station. I've stayed in other hostels in Amsterdam, but the FP definately has the best social scene. They make it so 'cozy' there, you don't want to leave. Bar, pool table, lounge, kitchen, TV room, definately has all the amenities, and having the bathrooms in the rooms is a big plus. Only thing is that you have to get there early in the morning to get a room.

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Sarah
never forget
29 March 2005
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i stayed here for a few nights and it was a really fun place to go out, although you cant get any privacy here. Its very typical here and what you might expect, lots of people stoned and getting more stoned. Its really cheap and has nice breakfast foods. its not very clean but at least it has an exciting atmosphere. i made some good friends here Amsterdams is very touristy! Enjoy!

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Damien
Good for fun
29 March 2005
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This lives up to its reputation as a party hostel. It just manages to pass on cleanliness standards, though nothing special here. Otherwise it has all the facilities you need, a decent breakfast, good bar etc... The atmosphere is great here, sure there are a lot of stoners, but we met a lot of great people here who didnt come just for the smoke. The stoned people at least make the place feel relaxed if nothing else. The staff were ok but seemed a little cliquey and all suffered from 'i work in a cool place' syndrome, and werent really bothered by concerns of the guests. A friend of mine there complained that she was kept up all night by a staff member playing around with someone on the bunk bed below her. But overall my experience here was a good one. It was a good hostel and good value for money. I wouldnt stay here long term though.

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Dogbloke
Great central location. Good latenight bar.
26 December 2004
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Flying Pig downtown is great for party animals. Friendly staff and a great downtown location make it the place to stay. The bar is cheap and serves residents only until 4am (getting a drink in 'Dam is difficult after 1am). Double security doors stop the gatecrashers. A bit noisy and the rooms were not the cleanest I have ever seen (someone had chucked up behind the loo in our room and it had not been totally removed!) There are were loads of stoned druggies on sofas in the corridors at all hours. They don't allow dope to be smoked in the bar/reception during the day but its OK at other times. Everyone was friendly.

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jeff5662003
fun place.. but better double check your bedsheets
16 August 2004
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ok. so this is a pretty fun place. it lived up to its image pretty well... a cool place that focuses more on partying and less on cleanliness. the atmospere was amusing. the pack of 24/7 stoners that sprawled out in the lounge all day exemplified the vibe...pretty chill, but cool if you like to hang out and smoke all day... but the people seemed so stoned that they apparently had smoked out their ability to communicate.. all they did was smoke and zone out watching a movie or a wall.. it didn't seem to matter to them. but.. still it is amsterdam.. we did all come here to smoke.. so im not complaining.. but just so you know.. it might be a little harder to meet people here.. because they seemed like the group of stoners who would prefer to simply lay around and smoke all day and not do much else. still.. the place is huge.. tons of space.. pool tables.. bar.. tv room.. you name it. lots of cool places to chill and smoke. the bedrooms, however, are another story. i had an EXTREMELY nasty experience. ok.. so we walk into the bedroom after we first get our key ( its about 1 pm) and all of the beds are still unmade..nasty sheets are all crumpled and laying everywhere still.. except for the sheets on my bed.. they were all nicely folded.. so i thought ( in my stoned state mind you).. "hey, cool it looks my bed is the only one with new sheets." wrong. as i began to make my bed i noticed that their was a huge cum shot on one of the sheets! nasty! haha.. we laughed our asses off after i got over just how close i was to sleeping in that... of course the gross bedroom story continues to get worse.. i woke up the next morning with, i kid you not, 40 bed bug bites all over my body. needless to say i felt pretty damn sick. so we left understanding two things about this place: it has a lot to offer concerning amneties.. and nothing to offer in cleanliness. fun.. but you've been forwarned.. kinda sick. oh and by the way.. the shower was plugged with hair and i opted to go without showering for three days as opposed to stepping foot anywhere near it.

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The_Jester
Not great, not awful, it's... just there.
12 August 2004
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I don't know how to begin. Everyone recomended me this place, but then again, I'm not a wild party person, so I didn't like it because everyone is stoned 24/7, which is understandable because that's what most people do in Amsterdam, since it's the only place they can do it freely. But it was a bit too much, and I found it so hard to mingle with the people there. But then again, that is not the hostel's fault. The idea of the hostel is very good, and I loved the common room with the pillows there on the platform and it was kind of hippie-like, and the staff was nice, not extremely helpful, but they were nice and educated. The bedrooms have way to many people in them, and body heat in the summer makes people stink. We all do, and we are backpacking, but the stench was really bad, and the place was not appallingly dirty, but a clean up wouldn't hurt the place. The location is excelent, right in the centre of town, and a 2 minute walk from the train station, that was amazing, no bus or tram at all. Overall, average. Good things made up for the bad ones and viceversa.

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ady1976
NOT GREAT AT ALL
11 May 2004
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We arrived and our two bedroom (dorm room) wasn't clean. there was hair in the drain...... The shower was black from all the mold, it was gross. We had problems getting clean sheets and towels that were not hard as a rock. So I slept with my clothes on at all times. The matresses had all kinds of stains on them. there was always a party going on in the main lobby of the hostel. the staff was not very happy to be working there. The staff kept to themselves and were not very friendly at all. It seemed like when we would ask them a question, they told us to go look it up on the internet, instead of answering the questions. Don't even try to get service with a smile at the bar, the bartenders expect you to tip them but then you do and still can't get service. We were on the top level so noise wasn't a problem, it was pretty quiet. But the elevator was alway broken so we had to take 3 flights of steps everyday. (which was a pain). You also had to show your card before they would let you enter, which was a good thing, but sometimes you would stand there forever before someone would let you in. there would be a line of several people waiting to get to their room. This place is great if you are there to party and don't care where you sleep. If you plan on passing out every night, then I would stay there. It was pretty cheap too. the other people in the hostel (who we met that were traveling were very nice). The plus was they have free internet use, but only three computers for everyone so sometimes there was a small line to use them. Don't try yo use the phone there it was always broken and no one could figure out how to use it. The staff def. was not willing to help out in that area.

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daniela
Depends what you're looking for
23 April 2004
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If you are looking to hang out with hundreds of stoned Americans, then look no further. You found your place. You will meet tons of the aforementioned Americans, and, for a little variety, some stoned Brits and Canadians. If you're really lucky you may meet an exotic, stoned, Australian. If, like me, you did not travel 5000 miles and spend 20 euros a night to hang out with people you could hang out with at home, for free, then I wouldn't recommend staying here. I am all for smoking pot and having a great time, but, come on, you could do that at home. Go out and enjoy Amsterdam.

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bradatcsu
Not great...
19 April 2004
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Full of kids who stay stoned and NEVER leave this hostel. Amsterdam is a BEAUTIFUL city, go out and enjoy it! Hotel staff rude... I waited nearly 30mins in line to check in bc the receptionist was MIA. Dorm rooms not the cleanest. My dorm room key never worked. I reccomend the 2 StayOk hostels in ADAM before I book this one ever again.

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Anonymous
WOW! WHAT A BLAST!
18 February 2004
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We stopped here for 4 days before heading out to Antwerp last month, and boy do I wish that we could have stayed longer. From the moment I took my pack off they made me feel right at home.The enviornment takes you away the min that you walk in the front door. The common area's are what really gives this place its splendor. My fav was the room up front that you could chill, smoke and check out all the passers by. The Bar area was also great w/ cheap beer and a lively atmosphere. There is also a chill out area where you can watch movies, smoke and just plain relax (which is very nice after 3 weeks on the road). Another Important facotor to consider is Location,Location,Location, and this hostel definatley has that. You can walk to the Pig from central station in like 3-4 min. Many attractions are close by so it will keep your tram expence to a minimum. As far of the rooms are concerned, they are about what you would expect at most hostels in Europe (and I have been to a ton of em). Not overly clean, not overly comfortable, but still decent enough to be liveable. I had heard from other guests that the bathrooms are kinda gross in the bigger dorms, so you may wanna spring for a 4 or a 6, which is what we had. The flying Pig gets a 5 star rating desipte its few flaws for the overall awsome atmosphere and great people and staff. If your a backpacker you will love it, as its packed wall to wall with our kind. everyone have fun! DJ

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Chris
IF YOU WANNA PARTY IN THE DAM, LOOK NO FURTHER!
21 January 2004
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Me and three of my friends stayed here a few months back and we had a killer time to say the least. The atmosphere is amazing with awsome comon areas, and a bar that serves cheap beer, so that you can save money later when you go to the expensive bars and clubs. Its very easy to not wanna leave the pig at all. The atmosphere and the people that you are gonna meet will definatley make your trip to the dam a memorable one. It does become challenging if you expect to bring a girl home from the bars/clubs, but if your resourceful, you can pull it off. I would reccomend shelling out the extra cash for a private room or a 4 bed so that you will have a cleaner bathroom. If you insist on saving cash in one of the big dorms, your gonna suffer on the cleanliness factor. As soon as you arrive at the Pig you will be immediatley emmersed in a total party enviornment. There will be people partying and smoking up 24/7 so if you are some religious wacko, or some straight edge fanatic, please stay away, as the Pig tries to embrace the party mentality. If you dont fall into that category, strap yourself in for a wild ride, that will leave you crying when you have to leave. The hostel is also centrally located so that all the emenities of the town are close by, like coffeeshops, pubs, clubs, and the red light distict for those lonely nights that you strike out at the clubs. Also, there are no Lockouts or Curfues so feel free to get your groove on til the wee hours of the morning, every night(which you were probabbly gonna do anyways). The staff are friendly (one of em hooked me up with info on a rave party that was off the hook), and they will answer any questions that you may have. The breakfast sucks ass but i seriously doubt that you will wake up early enuff to eat it anyways. Overall, a kick ass experience that will be heightened by cool people, a nice enviornment, and by far one of the greatest social scenes that I have ever been privy too in Europe.

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jacques
cool place, crazy place
13 January 2004
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cool place, crazy place...... I'll be back

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Maggalicious
Not so great
12 December 2003
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This hostel was actually pretty gross. The showers & bathrooms totally grossed me out! The only good thing about it was that the bar area was fun & a lot of people hung out there. But if you are concerned with your hygeine at all.....try someplace else!

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Bernie
The name says it all
20 September 2003
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After smoking up some weed for awhile in the laid back lounge, that is exactly what you'll see.....Flying Pigs. Only a hip-hop-and-a-jump from the Central Train station. I've stayed in other hostels in Amsterdam, but the FP definately has the best social scene. They make it so 'cozy' there, you don't want to leave. Bar, pool table, lounge, kitchen, TV room, definately has all the amenities, and having the bathrooms in the rooms is a big plus. Only thing is that you have to get there early in the morning to get a room.

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Anonymous
Let's define a hostel
7 September 2003
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OK, it's a bit dirty. The smell of piss in the bathroom is a bit off-putting; sandals in the shower still ain't gonna save your feet and the beds aren't all too comfortable. There is one main reason why this shouldn't matter: it's a hostel... in AMSTERDAM! This is a really cool place to come, meet people, smoke, shroom, chill out and enjoy yourself.. and that's what the Flying Pig provides for! There's a great bar upstairs, with (by Amsterdam standards) cheap drinks, nice places to sit and chat and a nice atmosphere. There's also a cushioned chillout area underneath the window so you can gaze out and people spot on the main shopping street right outside. Downstairs: there's a fully equipped kitchen from where you get the free breakfast each morning (don't bother setting your alarm to get it) and where you can cook your own food (they have all the necessary utensils). There's also the happy room with a benched smoking area, tables to eat at, a TV (with VCR, videos to rent upstairs) and couches. I stayed in the much talked about room 01, and I didn't think it was that bad: although hygiene could do with being improved and how about some beds that don't creak erratically. One of the great things about the Pig is that it IS its own world, you really don't have to leave. Room 01 had a little outside patio area with a bench where I played chess. People just come and go as they please: there's ALWAYS someone asleep if you're in a large dorm, people party when and where they choose to. I didn't see my room lit up for the first 48 hours I was there because someone was constantly snoring away in bed! It shouldn't be a problem though, sleep came easy to me every night! My biggest criticism of the Flying Pig is that the staff were quite unhelpful and rude. They're making A LOT of money from this business and they should treat their customers with more courtesy and politeness. Overall, however, it's a great place and if you aren't a moaner: you're going to have some great times at this place.

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David
Very pleased
27 August 2003
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Stayed in a 4 bed dorm which from what I have gathered from other reviewers can be very much worth them extra euros given the size of the dorms and perhaps most importantly the state of the bathrooms. We had our own en-suite which was most satisfactory. The Pig is a great place, large open bar - and of course you can smoke - and then there's the "chill out" lounge downstairs where you can watch DVD's. If you're on the road travelling, it can be very relaxing to just spend a night in front of a good film - you can do that at the Pig - they had about 6 DVD's (popular films eg. Reservoir Dogs) available for rent. Location perfect too, bang in the centre of Amsterdam on the Nieuwendijk, everywhere within walking distance. As you can gather from everyone else, if you're going to Amsterdam on a budget, it seems as though The Flying Pig Downtown is your best bet.

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